Singalong! I Don't Wanna Wait by Paula Cole

I've already featured Paula Cole once, and now it's time to relive her only other major hit: I Don't Wanna Wait. Oh, the sweet longing of a teenager to experience everything NOW, to be able to do whatever you want NOW, to never have to wait for anything or be held back by your stupid parents who just don't understand how important everything is that is happening right NOW.

You know, as I write this, it occurs to me that teenagers might be very good at this whole zen, "living in the moment" thing, if only their "now-ness" wasn't so desperate and angst-ridden.  Also, it's kind of funny that a song about the impact of war on a family became so associated with teen angst.  I guess we have Dawson's Creek to thank for that, and an urgent chorus about not wanting to wait any longer.


I DON'T WANNA WAIT
by Paula Cole

So open up your morning light,
And say a little prayer for right
You know that if we are to stay alive
Then see the peace in every eye...

doo doo doo doo do doo do
do do doo doo doo doo dooo doo ooh

She had two babies, one was six months, one was three
In the war of '44...
Every telephone ring, every heartbeat stinging
When she thought it was God calling her
Oh, would her son grow to know his father?

[CHORUS:]
I don't want to wait for our lives to be over,
I want to know right now, what will it be?
I don't want to wait for our lives to be over,
Will it be yes or will it be...sorry?

doo doo oooh doo ooh do do ooh

He showed up all wet on the rainy front step
Wearing shrapnel in his skin
And the war he saw lives inside him still,
It's so hard to be gentle and warm
The years pass by and now he has granddaughters

[CHORUS]

You look at me from across the room
You're wearing your anguish again
Believe me I know the feeling
It sucks you into the jaws of anger
So breathe a little more deeply my love
All we have is this very moment
And I don't want to do what his father,
And his father, and his father did,
I want to be here now
So open up your morning light,
And say a little prayer for right
You know that if we are to stay alive,
And see the peace in every eye...

[CHORUS x2]

doo doo doo dooo oooh do dooo doo
doo doo doo dooo do doooo oooh
doo doo doo do dooo do do

So open up your morning light,
And say a little prayer for right
You know that if we are to stay alive
Then see the love in every eye...

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